Monday, November 21, 2011

November Meeting Recap

This past Saturday, the South Florida Modern Quilt Guild held its inaugural meeting!  Frankly, I wasn't sure how many folks would show up, but the numbers greatly exceeded all expectations.  We had a standing room only crowd of over 25 lovely men and women!

 The Stitchcraft store (the location of our meeting)

For those who didn't have a chance to attend, here is a quick recap:
  1. We welcomed everyone and explained the history of the Modern Quilt Guild.
  2. We briefly discussed what constitutes "modern quilting" and whether a single definition of the modern quilting movement actually exists.
  3. We discussed the goals of South Florida Mod:  the education of quilters in modern quilting techniques, the creation of community through swaps, group challenges, members teaching members, sewing days, charity activities and possible group quilt shows.
  4. We discussed what we needed to do to reach our goals for South Florida Mod:  the expansion of the website for outreach and member involvement, advertising the guild to other quilters, delegating the organization of guild activities to interested members, keeping dues to a minimum and keeping the guild as informal as possible.
  5. We discussed quilt news in the area.
  6. We had a brief break while we explored the shop, ate some snacks and chatted.  :)
  7. We held a door prize raffle, where some lucky members won bundles of fat quarters!
  8. We had a great show and tell session, where members displayed their beautiful quilts and works in progress!
  9. We decided on next month's swap block pattern.
  10. We wrapped up the meeting by holding a Yankee swap (also called a White Elephant exchange) of fat quarters!
Here are some photos that I took, which showed some of the beautiful show and tell examples.  Feel free to email me with your photos!

"Things to bring" for the December meeting:

1.  FOLDING CHAIRS!  We are trying to keep the meetings at Stitchcraft, but we need more chairs!  The meetings will now be "BYOC" (Bring Your Own Chair) to make sure we have enough seats for members.
2.  A "festive" holiday-themed nine-patch block, in any size (minimum 6.5 inch square, unfinished), for a block swap.  It it certainly does not have to be Christmas or Chanukah-themed!  Think outside the box:  New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day, Winter, Arbor Day, etc.  HERE is a simple tutorial on making a basic nine-patch block, and HERE are more complex nine-patch patterns.

Things to Do:

1.  If you have not signed the list at the meeting, please email us at southfloridamod [at] gmail [dot] com with your information.
2.  If you are interested in posting to the blog, please email us for an invitation!
2.  If you are interested in getting involved with certain areas of the guild (such as finding local charities in need of quilts, teaching members with ten-minute tutorials, organizing a sewing day, organizing a quilting bee with other members, etc.), please email us!  No experience necessary.  :)

It was so much fun meeting everyone, and I can't wait to see everyone on Saturday, December 17th for the next meeting!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Modern Quilt Entries - Houston Show

A new member of our guild just sent some exciting modern quilting news! 

The International Quilt Guild hosts the quilt show in Houston each year (possibly the largest quilt show in the country?).  For the 2012 show, they are having a "Modern Quilt Guild Showcase," which will highlight a selection of modern quilts!

Sample - "Orange Crush" by Jacquie Gehring

Sample - Picture Day by Elizabeth Hartman
If you are interested in entering one of your quilts for consideration, please click HERE for instructions.  Quilt entries must be received by March, 2012.  It sounds like an incredible opportunity to be included in a prestigious quilt show!

As an aside, this might also be a great opportunity for our guild to enter a group quilt for consideration.  It would be great to discuss it at our inaugural meeting THIS Saturday morning at Stitchcraft!  See you soon.  :)